Abuse, stress and lack of medical care are constant bedfellows for migrants in
Luckily for Sudanese returnees, a solution is underway. Returning migrants in the country will soon access healthcare under the country's
This follows an agreement signed at the end of July with the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration.
A pilot targeting 2,000 Sudanese returnee families will run for a year, beginning in
Aside from unemployment and access to housing, lack of access to healthcare is among the main issues faced by migrants who voluntarily return to
According to the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM)'s most recent report, covering March to
Since its launch in the
Returnees will now be able to access medical care, thanks to the agreement between the NHIF and the EU-IOM Joint Initiative.
Until now the EU-IOM Joint Initiative has been funding medical screenings and referring targeted returnees to medical service providers and covering their medical fees. But a systematic access to primary healthcare has been missing.
The pilot is meant to rectify this by improving access to primary healthcare for the programme's beneficiaries. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative will pay the participating families' annual premiums to the NHIF, with the fund being responsible for providing them with health services.
In particular, the agreement aims to support efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality through enhancing access to medical assistance and preventing unnecessary or long-term complications.
The EU-IOM Joint Initiative facilitates orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration management through the development of rights-based and development-focused procedures and processes on protection and sustainable reintegration. Backed by the
Said El Moghira Al Amin, the head of the
IOM's Chief of Mission in